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Underwater Adventures is a dive club and school with meetings throughout Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. We have meetings at the Orange Tree pub in Hitchin, the White Horse Pub in Bedford, and the Red Bull pub in Cambridge, plus pool session at the Robinson pool in Bedford and the Bourn golf club just outside Cambridge. Offering PADI scuba diving courses for all levels from beginner to instructor, UK dive trips all year round plus many foreign dive trips. We offer full equipment servicing and compressed air or nitrox fills delivered right to your door as well as equipment rental and servicing plus discounts.
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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

Humongous thanks to the most tolerant and supportive instructor I could ever have wished for! Today's dive in the Lake was awesome and I loved every minute! Next dive - Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka in 3 weeks!!!
Underwater Adventures have blessed me with a whole new world. Please ensure you contact them for all your scuba inquiries! Stephen is an exceptional instructor and the other divemasters involved really have been outstanding throughout my 6 months of training and preparation... it has been a long road but I am over the moon. I am now a PADI open water scuba diver and immensely proud of myself!

Aiden Lunnon, Hertfordshire 5 out of 5 stars
PADI Scuba diving training Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridge

LATEST EVENTS

07thNovember
22 things your Scuba diving instructor didn't tell you (but probably wanted to...) 
 

                               



1) Everyone pees in their wetsuit – everyone, eventually (except your instructor of course!)

 

2) Yes, you have tan lines on your neck and hands from your suit but as long as that’s all that people can see when you are back at work it’ll look like you’ve been on Holiday, and don’t worry, those odd lines on your face will disappear in time but you wouldn’t get them if you didn’t overtighten your mask.

 

3) Waterproof makeup was intended to withstand a good cry and not scuba diving in a cold lake in the middle of England.

 

4) The person on the boat flashing the most certification cards and the newest equipment is usually that biggest **** on board.

 

5) You will be buddied with them, and they will be a nightmare.

 

6) Going on your first open water dive is scary, but it’s OK, your instructor and the rest of the dive team are there for you and they have done this a lot of times before and know what they are doing, well, most of the time anyway.

 

7) ‘This is my favourite site,' translates as ‘we come here ALL THE TIME because it’s close and easy.’

 

8) You won’t always see the shark/barracuda/scary marine inhabitant approach; but when it does have your camera ready otherwise, we won’t believe you.


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9) I do love night diving, but please don’t point your torch in my face when talking to me.

 
10) You should do the deep/navigation/DSMB course just so that I can have a break and do something different.


11) if you touch the wildlife you will be in my bad books for a very long time!
 

12) No, I don’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend.

 

13) ‘The last time I was here I saw a whale shark.’ translates as ‘I’ve scuba dived here hundreds of times, and my mate on the other dive boat new some who once said he saw a whale shark here.’

 

14) You are going to, at some point, flood a dive camera, drop a flashlight, get blisters from your fins, buy a leaky mask, it happens.

 

15) Diving is not for everyone; some people should remain on land yet some slip through the cracks, and…

 

16) See point five.

 
                              



17) If you do not listen to dive briefings and then mess up because of it, or repeatedly ask questions whose answers were in the briefing, then I will be very tempted to turn your air off.

 

18) Interfering in my dive course will get you thrown back in the water without your wetsuit; at least in my evil fantasies.

 

19) At some point you are going to have ear issues; equalization problems, ear infections, and burst eardrums are in your future.



20) The only way to guarantee you'll see a shark is to leave your camera on the dive boat.

 

21) Fish really are attracted to shiny jewellery.

 

22) I don’t care about your video clip from the last dive, but I will happily come to the bar and watch it if the beers are on you.

                              
 
07thNovember
Swimming with blue sharks off the coast of Cornwall.

At the beginning of August 2018 a few of us from the dive club, we were limited by numbers allowed on the boat, headed down to Penzance in Cornwall for a very special day out.

We were on a large Rib with Charles Hood Shark adventures and we were lucky enough to have the man himself with us, a famous author and marine life advocate, it was a please to have his company and knowledge on this trip. Where were we going, I hear you ask? About 20 miles out to swim with blue sharks and boy1 were we in for a treat.

We had traveled down the night before to be fresh for the day’s activities and we all meet up at Penzance boat club to load our equipment and launch the RIB. The journey out only took around an hour, but it didn’t seem like it as we were joined along to way at different times by pods of dolphins either crossing our path or ride the bow waves as they love to do.

Once we had reached the spot the captain had decided would be best for blue shark activity, he started out the chum and “O my God” did it smell. I know that’s what is needed to attract the blue sharks, but it really doesn’t do your stomach any good. I was really glad I had taken the sea sickness tablets. The chum may have smell rank, but it did the job and within 5 minutes the first blue shark turned up and she was gorgeous, 5-foot-long at least and something I didn’t know about them is they have a gold tint to their noses and pectoral fins, which you could really make out the bright English summer sunlight.

                              

After around 20 minutes of allowing the shark to get comfortable around the boat I was the first in, the captain said to get in the water gently which I planned to do but unfortunately, I lost my balance putting on a fin and landed in the water with a big enough splash to have scared anything away. I climbed back out and went to the back of the Que and waited for the blue shark to return. Fortunately, it did within a couple of minutes and Simon was next to jump in the water. You can water the video of Simon in the water by clicking the link below

Simon with the blue sharks.

 With Simon in the water a second blue shark made an appearance, this one slightly bigger then the first and they both loved the smell coming from the rotting
fish which slowly being released into the water. The second shark was a little more wary and kept her distance for a while.
After Simon
hadstart to chill it was Sonia’s turn in the with the blue sharks. She was a little more cautious which is understandable when you are getting in the water with sharks given their portrayal in Films and Media but after a couple of minutes, she started to relax and really enjoy it. You can watch her video by clicking the link below.

Sonia in the water with blue sharks


Next, it was my turn and “wow” it was worth the wait and I had the added bonus of having the second shark come in close to the Rib while I was in the water. What an amazing experience and it is something I would suggest that if you ever have the opportunity to swim with these amazing fish you jump on it and it will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Click here to watch the video I took while in the water.

We rotated in and out of the water for the next couple of hours and the sharks stayed with us all day until it was time to head back to shore, all of us with beaming smiles, buzzing from such an amazing experience.

                              
 
31stOctober
Dive show 2018

This weekend a few of the dive club members headed up to the Dive Show at the NEC in Birmingham to check out the latest equipment, check out the latest deals on scuba diving trip’s and to catch up with some old friends.

We arrived around 10 am to avoid the first big rush which often happens at events like this but arrived early enough to take full advantage of our discounted tickets we got through the 2 for 1 offered by PADI to PADI instructors. Even though it had been moved to a new hall inside the NEC it was still very busy with a very good atmosphere.


                                      


Just inside the main door we ran into our friends from Lanzarote 
dive centre where we often head to early in the year to get a start on the dive course we run while it’s still cold here in the UK, plus it is also home to the museum of the Atlantic, a rather special experience for scuba divers with a number of sculptures specially placed in a protected bay at a shallow enough depth for every level of scuba diver to appreciate (click here to check out the video from our last trip there). It’s always nice to get a little bit of warm water diving in at the beginning of the year.

Has we headed around the show checking out the stall’s and seeing what they had to offer on our way run to the UK diving zone we ran in to a few of the instructors from New horizon’s 
dive centre in Macclesfield where I had staffed a PADI IDC (instructor development course) earlier on this year with Steve Prior as course director.

After a quick catch-up with them, we made it over to the UK diving section to check out new scuba diving locations for next year and came across a very good deal for a trip to dive St Abb’s just over the board in Scotland. I’ve been there before and the scuba diving is great but it has been a few years since I’ve had a chance to get up there but with one of the dive club’s members having moved up to Yorkshire recently, he has agreed to arrange a dive club trip to dive there for the whole club and it will give everyone a chance to pop up and visit him.

A Quick stop for refreshments at the bar we headed around the far side of the dive show where we ran into the guys from London hyperbaric at Whipps Cross hospital where we go to for our yearly dry dive, a dive in a recompression chamber to experience what is like to scuba dive down to 40metres and the effects it has on your mind and body but while in the safety of a controlled hospital environment.



                                   



Next stop was the holiday’s part of the Dive Show where we found so many places to go diving and so many ideas for Future trips, so many cool things to go and see which are only open to scuba divers, we are so lucky in this sport. We also stopped off to have a quick chat with Holly from Diverse Travel through whom we are arranging next year’s scuba diving trip to the Maldives, keep an eye open for details on that coming soon.

All in all, it was a great day out and I really enjoyed catching up with others in the scuba diving industry which I don’t get to do that often as they live all around the world.